Confederate Printing Plant

Also known as: Evans and Cogswell Company, Publix Supermarket
501 Gervais St., Columbia, South Carolina


Confederate Printing Plant, Left Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Confederate Printing Plant was originally constructed by the firm of Evans and Cogswell for the manufacture of Confederate bonds and other printing purposes. During the Civil War, the printing firm of Evans and Cogswell in Charleston became one of the producers of bonds, certificates of stock and currency for the Confederate government. In 1864, the firm constructed the large building on Gervais Street in Columbia and relocated its business there. In February of 1865, when General W. T. Sherman’s army occupied Columbia, the building’s contents were seized and the plant was burned. After the war, the building was eventually repaired. The structure was later used as a liquor warehouse for the South Carolina Dispensary System. During the 1930s, the building was used in conjunction with the U.S. Seed Loan Program. It is a large two-story, commercial Greek Revival brick structure which spans the length of an entire city block. Originally it was a one-story structure with a gable roof. The second story was added after the building was burned in 1865. The southern façade is divided into repetitive bays by molded brick pilasters on both levels. A wide molded brick frieze separates the two stories. Listed in the National Register March 28, 1979. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1979
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Industry; Commerce; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Manufacturing facility; Communications facility
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1864; 1865; 1893

Update Log 

  • October 8, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Alternate Name", "Description" & "Street Views" and Imported Photo